Avon Youth League Under 16s, Division 2, 22/01/17
Keynsham Town 9 Ashton Boys Juniors 0 (HT 4-0)
Keynsham scorers: Toby(2), Luke, Max, Adam(2), Ozzie & OG (2).
KEYNSHAM START 2017 WITH A BANG AGAINST TEN MEN ASHTON.
The afternoon’s calm clear blue sky saw near perfect playing conditions, following the thawing of the morning’s frozen solid pitches.
An energetic Keynsham started the match with a high line against the ten men of Ashton Boys Juniors.
There were early chances with shots from Owen and Harrison, and Luke had a fine header saved from a corner.
On 12 minutes, a long pass from midfield was nicely controlled in the box by Toby who shot to the keepers right for a 1-0 lead.
Shortly afterwards, a run down the left hand side and low driven cross from Luke saw the Ashton No19 side foot the ball in for an own goal and 2-0 lead for Keynsham.
Ashton have some really good players and they had a number of break away attacks but were frustrated by the Keynsham strong back line of Brendan, Tommy & Alf.
There was good midfield play from Keynsham when Miles switched play to Toby who ran down the left hand side at pace and crossed the ball in for Luke to side foot in at close range for a 3-0 lead.
A minute later, a stunning right foot shot from Toby into the top right hand corner made the score 4-0.
Ashton had chances as Reegan tipped the ball onto the cross bar from a powerful strike from their No8, pouncing like a tiger on the rebound.
There were further goal scoring opportunities for Keynsham with shots from for Toby, Ben and Miles but the Ashton goalkeeper made some good saves and the half ended 4-0.
The start of the 2nd half saw Toby, Luke & Ben replaced by Max, Dan & Ozzie.
On 53 minutes, a dangerous cross from Adam into the box was headed in by the Ashton No18 for the 2nd own goal of the game to make the score 5-0.
Within minutes there were two further goals in quick sucession for Keynsham as Ashton began to tire. A powerful right foot volley from Max gave the keeper no chance (6-0) and shortly afterwards Adam running at the defence from the left hand side drove home to make the score 7-0.
Ashton to their credit were still a threat from counter attacks and set pieces and Reegan was forced to make a great diving save from the Ashton No10 on 67 minutes.
The introduction of Sam Harris gave fresh impetus and his quick, one-touch passing helped Keynsham move the ball forward at pace. Soon, a great strike from Adam and a headed goal from Ozzie after a terrific move including a back-heel from Miles, ended the game at 9-0 to Keynsham.
Lots of goals and a clean sheet, thanks in part to some fine saves from Reegan.
Next week, weather permitting and if Ashton Boys Juniors can field a full squad, the rematch will be a more difficult game.